Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


Because of technology changes and personnel changes at UWSP and the Wisconsin State Herbarium, the database of plant species housed at this site was merged with the database from the OLD WisFlora website to create a new Flora of Wisconsin website at Currently we are encouraging all Wisplant viewers to begin using the Flora of Wisconsin website as soon as possible. Wisplants will remain operational through July 13th. After that date, all traffic to Wisplants will be redirected to the Flora of Wisconsin website.

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  Plantago cordata Lam. image
Photographer: Robert H. Read           

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Robert H. Read

Robert H. Read
Family Plantaginaceae
Plantago cordata Lam.
heart-leaved plantain, king-root
Plantago: from Latin planta meaning "foot print"
cordata: heart-shaped
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Status: Endangered
Plant: erect, perennial semi-aquatic; several long, fleshy roots
Flower: green to white, 4-parted, tiny; bracts and sepals about the same length; inflorescence up to 12" tall spike on stout, hollow, up to 12" tall stalks; blooms in the spring
Leaf:main leaves large, 5"-10" long with a heart-shaped base; main veins not parallel to the edges
Habitat: wet to moist; streambanks; in limy soil

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